Petition update

Mad Enough at Maintenance of Certification Process to Give Up Your Certification?

Heidi Waldorf
New York, NY

Feb 2, 2016 — TIME TO FIGHT OR JUMP SHIP: For the future of Dermatology, it is critical to let the leadership of the ABD know that MOC is unacceptable. Under the current system, dermatologists will follow the lead of Dr Edison, the pediatrician in this story, and decide that maintaining the blessing of the ABMS is untenable for financial, family, health and/or political - none of which should affect our core strength as dermatologists. Imagine a world where the top sub specialists in our field become independent of Medicare, insurance, and hospital overview - independence from the ABMS is an obvious next step. And what of aging physicians? A dermatologist with decades of experience who keeps up to date with CME and takes excellent care of patients can become a life member of the AAD (after 40 years of AAD fellow status, further dues are waived) but will loose board certification status if he or she doesn't take the test.

Some are concerned that it is too late because MOC has been taken on by government and state agencies to define who can practice and be paid as a specialist. BUT If regulatory bodies require MOC then let US define what it means. WRITE TO THE ABD DIRECTORS AND TELL THEM THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE MEASUREMENT IS KEEPING UP WITH OUR FIELD IS CME. Here's your email list: abderm@hfhd.org; cowene@mail.nih.gov; delston@ameripath.com; thorn@partners.org; mllevy@seton.org;jnunley@mcvh-vcu.edu; janet-fairley@uiowa.edu; smiller@stanleyjmiller.com; jnunley@mcvh-vcu.edu;otley.clark@mayo.edu; jwp9e@virginia.edu; roenigk.randall@mayo.edu; mary-stone@uiowa.edu; marta.petersen@hsc.utah.edu; derminva@aol.com;
stratman.erik@mfldclin.edu; htsao@partners.org; kwarschaw@arizonadermpath.com;carlw@dermga.com.